Mollys Lips by Nirvana

Nirvana is one of those bands that really defined and then epitomized the grunge-rock era of the 90s. What an amazing contribution to the world of music – really changed up the way people were listening to music back then.

Molly’s Lips is actually a cover of a song by The Vaselines, but if you listen to the original version, it’s quite a different sound from the Nirvana cover. It’s pretty simple, though. There are just two powers chords throughout the tune that go back and forth, so it’s great for people who have just learned their root 5 and root 6 power chords and want a little extra practice.

To start off with, keep the strumming pretty simple, and then add in more strums little by little. You can start to play around with the rhythm once you get everything nice and clean.

Of course, Nirvana isn’t exactly known for their “nice and clean” sound, are they? It’s one of those situations where you have to know the rules before you can break them. By practising with more precision than what you hear on the record, you can avoid getting into any bad habits, especially when it comes to your strumming hand.

Something that you’ll notice is that the chord changes are pretty loose, meaning that you often hear a bit of the open strings ring out between the changes. Again – once you’ve practised and nailed your chord changes properly, you can loosen it up a bit and get more into the Nirvana vibe of the song.